Packing and Prepping

24 10 2009

We’re almost ready to go to the field! Yesterday we pretty much finished up packing and got our battery packs to Science Cargo for hazardous materials shipping processing. ENDURANCE is stripped down, all the sensitive instruments are packed away in their carrying cases, and has on it’s protective cover ready to be transported early Monday morning.

The Stone Aerospace crew with ENDURANCE packed up and ready to head to Lake Bonney. From L to R: Shilpa, Kristof, Bart, Bill, Vickie, Chris, Rachel.

The Stone Aerospace crew with ENDURANCE packed up and ready to head to Lake Bonney.
From L to R: Shilpa, Kristof, Bart, Bill, Vickie, Chris, Rachel.


Bill flew out to Lake Bonney last night to supervise the carps in setting up the bothouse. They made good progress today and should have everything set up by Monday morning ready to receive the bot.
Bill's photo of the progress on the bothouse as of tonight.  The wooden platform will provide the foundation and floor for the structure.  Once ENDURANCE is flown out and set on the floor, the tent frame and covers will be erected over it.

Bill's photo of the progress on the bothouse as of tonight. The wooden platform will provide the foundation and floor for the structure. Once ENDURANCE is flown out and set on the floor, the tent frame and covers will be erected over it.

Today there was still one minor issue here in McMurdo. We have a 2 km long spool of fiber optic cable to allow ENDURANCE to navigate to the far end of West Lake Bonney and into “the Narrows” between the two lake lobes. However, this cable arrived just before everything had to be shipped out for Antarctica and there was no time to attach connectors to the ends of the cable to plug it in to ENDURANCE on one end and our control station on the other. Now, the one end of the fiber that was sticking out from the center of the cable spool was too short to work with to attach a connector. So… we had to completely remove the whole 2 km of fiber from its spool and onto another spool to allow us to get access to this end. A few chairs and broomsticks and 2 hours of spinning spools by the remaining team finally let us pull out enough of the cable that putting on a connector will be possible.

Vickie, Shilpa, Chris and Rachel work on transferring the fiber to another spool.

Vickie, Shilpa, Chris and Rachel work on transferring the fiber to another spool.



Update 2009/10/26: Rachel has posted a great video of the fiber respooling activities.

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2 responses

25 10 2009
Maria Richmond

I guess, there is always something unexpected comming up. I am impressed how well you all deal with those glitches!! I enjoyed the photo of the crew and even recognize most of the people by now. You, my son, look well! I recognized Shilpa, Bill Stone, Chris, Vicky. The 4. man I think is the prof. from Illinois?

25 10 2009
kristofrichmond

No, that is Bart. I added their names to the caption.

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